Teach English and learn Spanish at a truly authentic project in Pitalito, Colombia




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    This is a truely unique opportunity.

    Here we understand how important it is for the local people to learn english. However, the people here are given very little chance to succeed due to the limitations of the school system that currently exists in Colombia.
    Our main aim is to promote the English language. We know that this will provide our students and our people with an incredible opportunity to succeed in all walks of life.

    However, this is not all we offer. This project is designed to share cultures and to promote friendships. Therefore we offer an authentic experience. You will live with me in my house and amongst my friends and family. I will teach you about my country, its history, culture and our language. In return you will have the opportunity to teach me, my students and my friends all about your culture, your lanugage and your life experiences.

    The only requirement is that you are a native english speaker. This is because the main aim of my project is to give my people the opportunity to hear the language that they have been learning spoken from a native tounge. I feel very passionately about this project and hope that you can join me.

    Some activities that we offer here are: (all for free)
    Spanish Lessons
    Cycling Tours
    Dance Classes
    Jujitsu Classes
    Coffee Farm Tours
    and much more.

    My name is Victor, I am the founder of an english academy running since 2009, I have many passions. i have a vision to expand my school and social impact by welcoming travelers into my home also giving the opportunity to my students and myself to improve our english.

    This is unlike any other workaway you may have experienced. You will not be expected to work directly but more so indirectly as this mirrors my method of teaching. You will be working without even knowing you are working.
    The aim is that you thoroughly enjoy yourself and share an unforgettable experience with my students and my people.

    This is an opportunity to make new friends and open the minds of Colombian kids to the wonders of the world. You will have the chance to swap contact details with people so that you can keep in contact with them after you leave. They can write to you in english and you can reply in spanish. This part is absolutely optional and our project is designed for this to happen organically.

    Come and experience the real Colombia!


  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    they can;
    learn spanish,
    discover our beautiful rivers, landscapes, mountains, waterfalls,
    go horse-ridding, (if you travel to Puerto Rico)
    visit coffee farms,
    learn to salsa (and other forms of colombian dance)

  • Help


    As mentioned above you will not be required to work directly.

    However, below is a list of some of the daily things you may be required to do.
    Bare in mind that this is Colombia, so Tranquilo!

    ***Currently at this moment we need help with promoting the school. This will consist of simple activities such as spending a few hours around town with a small advertising booth. Handing out information but most importantly showing the public that we have volunteers who speak fluent English. This is our unique quality and I want to promote it.

    Ideally what I need are native english speakers or fluent english speakers who have lived in an english speaking country for a prolonged period of time. The candidate should have a deep interest in learning about Colombian culture both in the city and the country. They should also be willing to share their culture. For example we had an Irish couple who danced salsa with the students and then taught the students Irish dancing. All for fun.

    1. The candidates can proofread english books that I have written and currently use to teach with.
    2. Work with our english teachers and help improve our teaching methods and pronunciation.
    3. Play games with our students, share experinces, dreams and ideas.
    3. Identify the most common mistakes our teachers make.
    5. Visit some local public and private schools to promote english and the importance of a second language.
    6. Organize parties in order to practice english and celebrate important dates from your country.
    7. Promote the benefits of learning english (film, videos etc. ) and the school.
    8. Visit local communities and farms
    9. Learn to cook like a colombian
    10. Clean your room and the house
    11. Take an active part in planning our adventure.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    spanish and english

  • Accommodation


    private room (sometimes there will be two people in the same bedroom)
    large sunny living room for relaxing
    bicycles (Brand New Mountain Bike)
    clothes washing facilities

    the apartment is located in downtown Pitalito

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You can fly from Bogota to Pitalito (1 30 hour) or take the bus from bogota to neiva and then to Pitalito (8 hours) . The weather here is nice and temperate. the company bus is COOTRANSHUILA or COOMOTOR.

    Pitalito has approximately 150,000 inhabitants. It is considered the largest producer of coffee in Colombia, thus the town has become a notable coffee-growing area within Colombia. On several occasions it has been awarded with the "Cup of Excellence" for producing the best coffee in the country.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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